By Carolyn Malcoun , December 23, 2009 - 3:26pm
I love throwing parties. It’s a great way to get all of my friends together without all of us ringing up a hefty bar tab at our favorite watering hole. (Plus, we can listen to music we like!) The key to being the hostess with the mostest is being armed with some ridiculously simple crowd-pleasing appetizer recipes  that come together in minutes. That way you don’t have to stress out doing anything too complicated before the party starts, and once your friends come over you can actually spend time hanging out. These 5 appetizers are perfect any time of year.
Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon Tartare 
Smoked salmon gets an added crunch when served on radish slices.
Get the recipe: Tomato-Basil Skewers 
Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.
Get the recipe: Steak-&-Boursin-Wrapped Bells 
For an even quicker preparation, try deli roast beef.
Get the recipe: Wasabi Crab on Endive 
Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.
Get the recipe: Apricot Canapes 
These sweet and savory bites are like a cheese course in a bite.
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What are your favorite last-minute appetizers? Tell us what you think below.